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Month: September 2012 (page 1 of 2)

mornings with baby

“every little baby is the sweetest and the best.”
anne of the island

Mornings are my favorite time with Hadden.  Most days it’s just the two of us.  After his morning feeding and a diaper change we head back to my bed.  I open the curtains to let in the morning sun and put my knees up so Hadden can lay facing me.  For the next twenty or so minutes, I sing and talk to him.  We play “this little piggy”, although he hasn’t quite found the humor in it yet.  He practices holding his head up and “standing”.  Sometimes we Facetime Auntie McKenna or Grandy so that they can see how baby is growing up ever so quickly.  Or take pictures to send to Uncle Patrick (because he is pretty much obsessed with his nephew:).  Hadden is so happy in the mornings and it’s absolutely darling to see him smile and coo.  Even though it’s just been eight weeks since he was born, we already can see him growing up so we try to cherish every sweet moment we have with him.

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air force life: base housing at offutt afb

Edited to Add: I wrote a post in May 2013 (one year after we moved to Offutt) to give an update on what we thought of the housing after living here for a while.  Check it out!
Edit #2: I’ve gone through and updated a few of these pictures after almost two years of living here to give you a better picture of the size of some of the rooms.  Updated pictures have our name in the corner.  🙂  ALSO, if you are PCSing here, leave a comment or shoot me an email!  I’d love to connect and answer any questions you have about Offutt!
EDIT #3:  All my posts about our time in Nebraska have been complied here, including one more post about base housing written after we left Offutt.
Tour Our Home/Tour Base Housing 😉
I kept waiting for it to be perfectly decorated.
And perfectly clean.
Then I decided that those days might be far off.
So instead I am posting the pictures that show our home for what this is: not always impeccably tidy and a long way from being fully decorated.  But here are pictures nonetheless.  Base housing is different at every base, but here’s an overview of our life at Offutt AFB.
This is a stock photo of the outside of our style of home (via Rising View website).  Our neighborhood is made up of duplexes.  Some of the houses are older (perhaps built in the 60s?), but have been renovated.  There are also a lot of newer homes – built in the last six or so years.  We qualified for one of the newer, three bedroom houses.  Most of the houses have nice backyards (usually about 50 feet from the back of the house) and you can rent a fence if you’d like your yard enclosed for children or pets.
We are responsible for yard work, but the housing office takes care of any maintenance issues we have and so far they have been very helpful when we’ve needed something done.  We’re not allowed to paint – this was probably the saddest thing for me to find out when we arrived here.  Instead we are slowly working on filling our walls with pictures and art, but (as you can tell from the photos) we still have a long way to go.  I’m a little too indecisive about where to hang things, but we’re working on it. 
The Kitchen
This is the view when you walk in from the garage.  Those windows overlook the backyard.  To the right you can see part of our family room.
This is opposite the picture above.  That’s the door to the garage.
The skinny door to the left of our fridge is the pantry.  
This is the view of the kitchen from the family room.  The laundry room is on the other side of that wall.
The Family Room
View of the family room from the kitchen.  The family room is technically supposed to be two room (family room and living room), but it’s sort of an awkward space with the furniture we have so we just use it as a family room.
This view is from the living room into the kitchen.  We have a little coloring table for Hadden and store his high chair next to the back door.
This is the view standing in the hallway.  The door leads to our back yard.  The space behind the couch could fit a small table and a couple of chairs.
Downstairs Bathroom
This room is in the hallway off the living room and across from a huge under-the-stairs closet.
Dining Room
This room is technically supposed to be a living room, but we’re using it as a dining room.  The two windows on the right look onto our front yard.  From where I am standing to take the picture, the front door is on my right and a coat closet is on the left.  The wall on the left a half wall to our stairs (see next picture).  In the back is the collection of wall hangings that have yet to hang on the walls.  We really need to buy a big dining room table for this room!
The door is to a big closet under the stairs.  Across the hallway from that closet is the downstairs bathroom.  
The landing upstairs.  From left to right: Master bedroom, Hadden’s nursery, linen closet, guest bathroom.  The guest room is further to the right.  There is also a huge closet upstairs and a desk space (see picture below)
Desk on landing upstairs (directly below is the front door)
View from the desk
Hah.  Our “guest bedroom” is an empty room with an air mattress waiting to be filled for our next guest who is arriving in a couple days.  Window overlooks back yard.
Guest bathroom
Nursery.  Window overlooks back yard
Master bedroom.  The window overlooks the front yard.  This room has a small walk in closet and a linen closet (there is a third closet off the bathroom as well)
View from master bath
View from the corner closet (the door you see is the bathroom)
Master bath
The closet back there is so big!!  It wraps around on either side.  Now I just need to buy more clothes to fill it!  😉
Overall we like our house!  If we were to build/buy a home we would definitely do a few things differently.  I dream of painting the wall, redoing the cabinets and changing out all the light fixtures/door hardware.  I would love to someday live in an older home with history and with a story.  But that’s not where we’re at in life.  This house is more than sufficient and we are grateful for it.  And we are slowly turning it from a house into a home.  🙂
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one year

dear mr. mays,

one year ago today was a pretty great day.  🙂

Although there have been many moments along the way that I wouldn’t have chosen, I can honestly say that I love you more today than I did last year.  I’m so happy to be your wife and I can’t wait to continue this adventure with you!

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